Welcome to Explore Plants. Our goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America. The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is designed to inform a broad audience ranging from members of the general public such as homeowners, wildflower enthusiasts, and gardeners to practicing professionals such as botanists, land managers, and government personnel.You can dig a little deeper into NPIN history with the links below or start your native plant journey with the Explore Plants menu to the right.
About the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN)
Now, more than ever, there is a need to bridge the gap between people and the natural world, a need to foster understanding and appreciation of the plant world, and a need to provide local, regional, and national audiences with scientifically accurate resources about their native plant heritage. Since its inception in 1982, the Wildflower Center has fulfilled those needs beginning with a mail-order Clearinghouse and continuing with its modern-day equivalent, the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) - the Wildflower Center's national web portal for native plant information and resources.
Become a Contributor
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to developing a premier resource for native plant information in North America through continued growth of the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). You can help us achieve our mission by contributing high-quality images and data to the Native Plant Information Network. Please contact Dr. Damon Waitt, Senior Botanist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to discuss how you can help this project grow.
Regional Spotlight: Southwest
Native plant: Rhus aromatica (Fragrant sumac, Aromatic sumac, Lemon sumac, Polecat bush) Fragrant sumac is an irregular, spreading, deciduous shrub, 6-12 ft. tall, with velvety twigs and lower branches turned up at the tips. Glossy, somewhat blue-green, coarsely toothed, trifoliate leaves turn orange, red, purple and yellow in the fall. Yellowish catkin-like flowers precede dark-red berries which persist into March. A sprawling, small to medium-size shrub with aromatic foliage.
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Supplier: American Desert Plants Inc. (Tucson, AZ) We specialize in large specimen plants that are salvaged and collected from the Sonoran, Mohave, and Chihuahuan deserts. We carry a wide selection of yuccas, agaves, cacti, dasylirion, fouqieria, nolinas, and countless other types of low water use.
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Organization: DeWitt County Wildflower Association (Cuero, TX)
The DeWitt County Wildflower Association is a non-profit civic group which promotes the enjoyment and knowledge of wildflowers. DeWitt County's unique location in south-central Texas provides the perfect environment for over 1000 different species of native wildflowers which bloom throughout the year. Each of the native flowering plants has been catalogued by common name (e.g. "Bluebonnet"), scientific name (Lupinus texensis), and family name (Legume). Since many different species are blooming in April, the DeWitt County Wildflower Association invites the public to come and enjoy the beauty of "DeWitt County Lanes and Byways" during the month. This is the ONLY month-long exhibit in the State of Texas!
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